This has been the week of the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, a breakfast at which President Obama spoke eloquently about his faith. Of course some, like Fox News were not happy with what he had to say. Others of course were delighted by his speech. I particularly enjoyed these comments by Eugene Cho who had the privilege of attending the breakfast.
As Eugene says – there is much to pray for these days and rather than picking apart our views of Obama’s faith why not come together to pray for all those who need our deepest prayers and support at this time – from the leader of this and every country in the world to the poorest farmer whose family lives on the edge of starvation.
The Bible encourages us to pray for those who are in government. So let us pray:
God who created all humankind in your image, we pray for those who lead all the nations of the world. We pray especially this morning for President Obama, for his cabinet and for all those who seek for justice through political action. Be with them this day. Grant them wisdom and understanding in their decisions. Guide and instruct them. May they be merciful and compassionate towards all who are in need.
As I prayed this today I could not help but think of Psalm 72 and David’s prayer for his son Solomon which very much reflects my prayer sentiments this morning
Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.
5 May he endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.
6 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish
and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.
8 May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 May the desert tribes bow before him
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
present him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
and all nations serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
May gold from Sheba be given him.
May people ever pray for him
and bless him all day long.
16 May grain abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun.
Then all nations will be blessed through him,
and they will call him blessed.
18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.